A Changsha bowl was painted in the cavetto with motif of bird and water weeds.
Maneuvered by deft brush strokes, the picture was vividly rendered with simple lines.
The bowl was heavily potted and was revealed with rough-feel body clay underside.
The characteristic disk-like foot ring was well shaped.
It was applied with white lining paint before dipping into to the brownish pigment and commencing the picture...
Seated Fudo Myo sculpted in relief from a high-quality sandstone. Late-Edo Period ca. 1850. Excellent condition, showing only very minor old loss.
Height: 43.3 cm
Width: 24.2 cm
Depth: 19.8 cm
Packaged weight: 26 kg.
Deriving from the Hindu deity Shiva, Fudo Myo was originally construed as the messenger of Dai-Nichi Buddha...
A fine Chinese hardwood stand. The top of irregular form (likely originally intended to hold a very specific object - perhaps a scholar's stone) upon a receded waist on rounded, foliate skirt and six similarly shaped cabriole legs terminating gracefully with scrolled leaf feet and resting on an undulating stretcher all raised on shaped feet. The top being hand planed, subtle rippling is noticed when inspected closely. The underside sealed with an old coat of black lacquer. At least 19th century...
Boat-shaped silver ingot with stamped Chinese character meaning double happiness. Condition: fine. Dimension: 3.3 cm long, weight: 37 g.
In good keeping with the Koransha tradition, this vase demonstrates the imagination and creativity of the Fukagawa ceramists and is reminiscent of their design books. First thinking it might be a gourd form, it becomes apparent it must be a melon form - more consistent with the suggestion of Spring with the blue and white prunus and cracked ice background to the polychrome mountainous landscape with black pine and secluded retreats in green, yellow, aubergine, orange and gold enamel...
Yakushi Nyorai (Healing Buddha) seated upon a lotus-form dais, the left hand bearing aloft a medicine jar and the right forming the semui-in mudra bestowing fearlessness. Joined-block wood construction, finished in lacquer and gilt. Old loss and repairs.
Overall height, including lotus-form dais and mandorla: 35.2 cm
Height of Yakushi figure only: 23.8 cm
Width of upper surface of lotus-form dais: 25.6 cm
Depth of upper surface of lotus-form dais: 22.8 cm.
A finely brushed image of a pheasant in the blossoming boughs of a cherry tree bearing a circular Rimpa School seal in the lower right. Pigment on paper with bokashi daubing of water on the tree trunk. Shadows dragged through the back appear to intimate bamboo. It is bordered in beige silk with a black lacquered wooden frame. The screen measures 71.5 x 68.5 inches (181 x 174 cm) and is in fine condition, dating from the early 20th century.
Russo-Japanese War triptych illustrating the surprise attack on Russia’s Far Eastern Fleet at Port Arthur that initiated the war. A large torpedo-boat is at the center. Two Russian ships at the upper left have been hit and are sinking. Three Japanese battleships are at the upper right...
Chinese late Ming (16th/17th century) Zhangzhou (Swatow) porcelain deep charger decorated in iron-red, green, and black overglaze enamels on a cream-colored crackle glaze ground with a central roundel holding flowering peonies. A band containing four floral panels against a crossed line ground extends around the circumference of the rim. 13" diameter x 2 3/4" high. There is significant wear to the enamels and several very old rim chips (see enlargements 6 and 7)...
Japanese Yokohama woodblock print triptych illustrating the interior of an American steamship by Utagawa Yoshikazu (flourished 1850-1870) published by Maruya Jinpachi in 1861. In this design, the artist utilizes the traditional Japanese convention of “roofless architecture” which allows the contents of the ship to be visible. Inside, westerners are seated at a long table having a dinner party. The assembled size is 14 5/8"V x 29 1/4"H (each panel is about 14 5/8"V x 10"H)...
Seated Amida Buddha with hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, joined wood-block construction, lacquer and gilt finish, and the eyes of inset crystal. Very minor old loss, most notably to one of the hoju (sacred jewel) finials on the plinth, with desirable patination overall.
Height, including mandorla and plinth: 63.0 cm
Height of Amida figure only: 28.1 cm
Width of plinth: 38.2 cm
Depth of plinth: 31.0 cm.
A saintly recluse dozes restfully, his pole dipping to the waves below the rocky outcrop upon which he sits; a fine bronze figure dating to the Meiji period and signed on the reverse. The figure with the rock is 32 x 22 x 30.5 cm (11 x 9 x 12 inches) and is in fine condition.
A beautiful Meiji period basin of light weight metal gilded with genuine gold leaf with each individual petal rising to form the fluted rim. Much worn from handling, the bowl measures 25 cm (10 inches) diameter and is 12 cm (5 inches) tall.
Beautiful purse embroidered on both sides in counted stitch with bats in gold thread among blue clouds. Yellow colored drawstring,tassels and silk lining. Condition: fine. Little patina, yellow silk faded, the blue silk lining with stained area, one end of drawstring is loose. Dimension: 10.8 cm x 6.3 cm x 2 cm, weight: 42 g.
Japanese Limited edition etching with aquatint of a traditional Japanese farmhouse covered in snow titled “Tamba” by Brian Williams (b. 1950). The print is pencil-signed, titled, numbered 170/180, and dated ‘93 along the bottom margin. Paper size: 10 1/4"V x 14"H (image about 5”V x 8 ¼”H). Excellent condition. There are two pieces of archival tape at the top edge verso. Born in Peru, Brian Williams has been living and working in Japan since 1972...
Seated monkey with pentagonal placquard on which are carved three characters reading San-No-To (lit. Mountain King stupa), the entirety sculpted from a single piece of green-blue schist. Edo Period ca. 1800. Minor old loss.
Height: 23.8 cm
Width: 10.5 cm
Depth: 16.8 cm
Japanese limited edition sosaku hanga woodblock print by Tadashi Nakayama (b. 1927) titled “Rainbow Butterflies” featuring Nakayama’s daughter’s face in profile with butterflies in flight around her. This image is pencil-signed “T. Nakayama,” numbered 34/95, and dated 1983 in the bottom margin. The bottom margin edge also contains the...
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, a short-stemmed lotus blossom held in both hands, figurally sculpted from a relatively lightweight sedimentary stone composed largely of volcanic ash. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Minor old loss. Excellent lichen accumulation.
Height: 37 cm
Packaged weight: 11 kg.
A Jizo of gentle mien, with good age.